Based Paint Testing
Based Paint Testing
Often equipped with the latest technologies, our lead paint inspectors might begin with the use of a portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) machine to detect any lead presence. If necessary, our skilled lead inspectors may also send paint, dust and soil samples to the lab for extensive analysis. Remember, not all lead-based paint is considered dangerous. Our expert lead inspectors can identify if there are currently any lead hazards in or around your home or property and may help you to develop an action plan to address those hazards.
The Problem with Lead Based Paint
Older homes built before 1978 should need to be tested for lead. Before 1978, the government did not regulate the use of lead in paint. While many homes may have paint that contains lead, it is when the paint starts to chip and these particles are inhaled in the form of lead dust, that is of concern. If you are planning to remodel or young children will be residing in the home, it is important to consider testing for lead. According to the EPA, children exposed to lead-based paint can absorb these toxins more rapidly and are at risk for slow growth, hearing problems, hyperactivity, headaches or possible brain and nervous system problems.
When we buy or build homes, we expect them to last. In fact, the life expectancy of a normal home can frequently cross the hundred-year threshold. Homes are often so soundly constructed that some studies estimate approximately half of currently occupied U.S. homes were built before 1980. Though longevity usually serves us well, this likely means that a sizable portion of homes contain lead-based paint. Walls in good condition rarely are immediate hazards, but flaking or deteriorating walls do create risk. And, if you plan on embarking on a home renovation project, scraping and sanding can produce harmful lead dust.
It’s important to be aware that any level of lead exposure by children is serious. If you suspect your child might have experienced lead exposure, you should immediately seek medical attention and have your child’s blood levels tested.
Remember, adults and children alike can get lead into their systems by breathing in lead dust. This is especially common during renovation or repair projects that might disturb dried lead-based paint. Make sure to always hire a lead-safe certified renovation contractor for projects in homes containing lead paint.
Lead-based paint in older homes is most unsafe if it peels, chips or cracks. This can happen frequently in high-use areas where paint is applied near windows, doors stairs or rails. As time passes, paint erodes. This creates harmful, lead-contaminated dust. Young children might touch lead dust-covered objects or place them in their mouths, resulting in significant health damage.
Our lead-based paint experts are licensed, experienced and highly trained. Our certified lead-based paint expert will come to the home and take samples to identify whether you are at risk for lead exposure. Our Lead-Based Paint testing is conducted with the aid of a device known as an XRF Analyzer.